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Demonstration of Ocean Energy Power Generation

Project overview

Project period: FY2018 to FY2020, FY2019 budget: JPY 480 million

 Because Japan is surrounded by the ocean, the characteristics of the country's regional ocean areas offer considerable potential for ocean energy, including wave power, ocean currents, tidal currents, and ocean temperature differences. Therefore, ocean-based power generation technology is expected to play an important role as a geographically distributed power source. In addition to Japan, R&D as well as demonstration research aimed at the commercialization of power generation technology based on ocean energy is taking place in Europe and the United States, but there are still few examples of long-term use of such power in actual ocean areas.

 The goal of this project is to create a new ocean energy industry and contribute to the improvement of energy security. To accomplish this, the project aims to achieve the commercialization of ocean energy power generation technology and implement long-term demonstration research in actual ocean areas. The long-term demonstration research in actual ocean areas specifically involves improving power generation performance and reliability while verifying biofouling, environmental impacts, and operations-related issues. The aim of these efforts is to develop commercially viable ocean energy power generation technology by 2030.

Basic information

Technical field
  • Wind power and ocean
Project code P18007
Department in charge
  • New Energy Technology Department (TEL: 044-520-5273)